The Chicago #Blackhawks Get Swept – WTF is next?



Well, LOL.

The Chicago Blackhawks get swept by the Nashville Predators.

In what world does this happen?

Where in the hell was Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, or Brent Seabrook?  These guys are some of the highest paid players in the the National Hockey League (Toews, Kane, and Seabrook make just under a combined $37 million).  These are big-time performers that are supposed to score the big goals when it counts.  Look at the stat sheet here for Chicago; six players that have 21 goals or more.  Kane and Panarin both had 89 and 74 points, respectively.  In this series, Toews, Kane, Panarin, and Seabrook were all sleep-walking – they did nothing (the null or the empty set – whatever you want to call it).  Chicago scored three damn goals in the entire series.

Nashville, on the other hand, doesn’t have too many household names – and their team’s entire payroll is about $20 million more than the salaries of Toews, Seabrook, and Kane).  However, the Predators have a hungry young team – lightening fast players from Sweden – and the Blackhawks simply couldn’t keep up with them on the ice.  It’s that simple.

So what do the Blackhawks do after this sh*t show?  Because this is straight out awful – this really, really bad – this might be one of the most embarrassing moments in the history of Chicago sports (the Blackhawks got their ass handed to them).  And, it wasn’t that long ago that both Kane and Toews signed contract extensions – their contracts run through the 2022-23 season.

Let’s be clear – I’m a fan of Toews (I spent some of my undergraduate time at the University of North Dakota where Toews played college hockey), but think either Toews or Kane will have to be traded (you’re going to have to convince one that they have to go – and one will have to agree to a trade).  The Blackhawks could not keep up with this fast as hell Predators team.  The NHL game has changed a lot.  If you can’t get up and own the ice with speed, you are absolutely screwed.

The Chicago Blackhawks need to get younger and faster.  Now.  Or we might even even see the Blackhawks home during the Stanley Cup playoffs next year.

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